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Diamond Horseshoe (1945)

Approved | | Musical | May 1945 (USA)
A medical student who wants to be a crooner gets involved with a showgirl who has an ulterior motive.

Director:

George Seaton

Writers:

George Seaton (written for the screen by), Kenyon Nicholson (play) (as John Kenyon Nicholson)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Betty Grable ... Bonnie Collins
Dick Haymes ... Joe Davis Jr.
Phil Silvers ... Blinkie Miller
William Gaxton ... Joe Davis Sr.
Beatrice Kay ... Claire Williams
Carmen Cavallaro ... Carmen Cavallaro
Willie Solar Willie Solar ... Double-Talking Singer Comedian
Margaret Dumont ... Mrs. Standish
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Storyline

Joe Davis Sr., headliner at a big nightclub, is visited by medical student son Joe Jr., who to Dad's chagrin wants to be a crooner, and soon comes between Dad and his girlfriend Claire. So glamorous dancer Bonnie is enlisted to distract Junior. Which does Bonnie want more, the fur coat or true love? Plot is a framework for numerous Ziegfeld style stage productions. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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showgirl | remake | based on play | See All (3) »

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The Musical Touched With the Magic of Perfection! See more »

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of the first Hollywood films to make fun of the jargon of Freudian psychoanalysis. See more »


Soundtracks

Play Me an Old Fashioned Melody
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by Beatrice Kay and William Gaxton
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Loopy Fox vehicle for Betty Grable has energy and cheap razzmatazz to spare
14 January 2017 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

"Diamond Horseshoe" begins with a stage number wherein all the showgirls are ingredients in a French chef's recipe--with Betty Grable as the main course, of course. She fights with her co-star offstage (he tells the leggy chanteuse, "You are in show business for only two reasons...and you're standing on both of them!"). In order to bring romantic happiness for a gal-pal, wisecracking Betty agrees to come between a singer and his son, the latter of whom was to become a doctor but now wants a taste of the footlights. Taken from John Kenyon Nicholson's play "The Barker", the plot (though relentlessly padded with novelty numbers, revues and sketches) is far stronger than those of other showcases for Grable, and screenwriter George Seaton isn't afraid to be catty and snappy. Some of the put-downs are priceless, with Betty infusing the interplay with a jazzy '40s-era spirit (she's both jaded and sassy). Unfortunately, most of the songs are not singable, and Dick Haymes is such a shallow love-interest that it doesn't make any sense for a tootsie like Grable to fall for him. The production probably looked elaborate in 1945, but today it seems tacky, and at 104 minutes the movie eventually wears out its welcome. ** from ****


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